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This page aims to help you remove Ads. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

There are several reasons why you might not want to have on your computer. First of all, this piece of intrusive software is known to be capable of becoming a part of your browser and filling your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or IE (or whatever other browsing program you normally use) with various kinds of irritating and obstructive adverts, page redirects, banners, blinking boxes and misleading pop-ups. Not only that, but may also be able to replace your browser’s default homepage, new-tab page, search engine and toolbar. Such changes are oftentimes imposed and enforced upon your browser and cannot be overridden unless the pesky app is removed from your PC. All of this might sound quite disturbing, especially to a inexperienced user, however, know that apps like this one are actually quite common on the Internet. There’s a whole software category that consist of software components that possess traits similar to those of The category in question is called browser hijackers and any app/program that falls under it shares the same traits like the ones we listed above. All in all, browser hijackers like the one we are currently writing about are unwanted due to their irritating and obstructive nature. However, there are a couple more reasons why you might not want to have such software on your PC. If you are interested in learning more about what those reasons are, how you can avoid such apps in future and what can be done in order to remove Ads from your machine in case you already have had it installed, stay with us and keep on reading.

Hijacker and potential hazards that might come from them?

Before we go any further, we need to get something out of the way – browser hijackers and most other similar apps are not technically malware viruses. The purpose of this kind of software isn’t to damage your system, steal sensitive personal data from you, blackmail you, mess with your data or conduct some other kind of insidious and dangerous activities. This is what viruses like Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other real nasty malware threats are used for. Hijackers, in contrast to that, would rarely pose any direct threat to your system or data. However, there are still certain risks you need to take into account that might be associated with and other similar software. Ads Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

The main thing that needs to be pointed out here is the danger of running into some unsafe and unreliable advert, banner or page redirect that might get displayed on your screen by the hijacker. Normally, the developers of browser hijacking/redirecting apps take no responsibility in the advertising materials that their products stream. This means that your screen might get flooded with ads from all kinds of sources, some of which might not be all that reliable. In some extreme cases, there’s even a chance that you might land on some shady and illegal webpage that might infect your computer with viruses like Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware and worms in case you click on the wrong advert. Because of this, we strongly advise you to be careful with what you click on when browsing if you have or any other hijacker on your machine.

One other issue with such apps is their telemetry data gathering feature. A lot of hijackers collect browsing data from the user’s browser in order to later create a “profile” for each individual where the individual’s preferences and interests would be specified. This would, in turn, enable the hijacker to later steam targeted ads on the user’s screen, thus increasing the chance of the ads getting clicked upon. The more clicks received, the greater the revenue that the hijacker’s creators would accumulate. However, though such telemetry data collection practice is not technically illegal in most of the cases, it is still seen as a privacy violation by many people and it’s not hard to see why. All in all, it is one other good reason why you might prefer to get rid of the hijacker ASAP. How you can do that, you can find out from our uninstallation and removal guide available on this page.

Be careful in future!

To avoid future encounters with and similar apps, we advise you to stay away from sketchy sites, potentially misleading adverts and spam messages and also to only download stuff from reliable sources that you can trust. One important thing to remember is that you should always customize the installation configuration of software you are about to install on your PC. Remember to check the Custom setup menu and see if there are any bundled apps that have been added to the installer. If anything there looks like it could be a hijacker or something else unwanted, uncheck it in order to leave it out before you continue.

Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hijacker apps usually cause changes to your browser and irritating page redirects and ads generation.
Distribution Method You can land such an app if you click on some misleading online app, open a spam e-mail that carries it, install a file bundle or download some unreliable torrent file.
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